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Fitzwalter Arms, Goodnestone

The Street, Goodnestone, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1PJ

Dating back to 1589 and steeped in over 400 years worth of history, the Fitzwalter Arms is a beautiful destination dining Pub & Restaurant  located in  rural Goodnestone, Kent.



Key features

  • Beautiful pub & restaurant in the village of Goodnestone 
  • Open plan drinking & dining space in lower bar area
  • Additional restaurant dining area for 24 covers 
  • Three double ensuite letting bedrooms 
  • Great gardens to the rear of the property
  • Barn storage areas
  • Private accomodation with 1 double bedroom



Dating back to 1589 and steeped in over 400 years worth of history, the Fitzwalter Arms is a beautiful destination dining Pub & Restaurant  located in  rural Goodnestone, Kent.

Goodnestone is a village in the district of Dover, which is located around seven miles from Canterbury city and 5 miles from historic Sandwich.

Many changes have been made to the pub over the years, however the Fitzwalter Arms still retains it unique charm and character together with many of its original features. Kent hops line the beautiful wooden beams and it has open fire places, wooden floors, rustic exposed brick walls and   leaded glass windows that feature in all of the local Fitzwalter estate.

Internally you will find the feature bar servery and a more relaxed lower bar area with comfy sofas and tables used for informal dining or a good game of  dominoes, cards or bar billiards. There is also a beautiful restaurant dining room for approx. 30 covers, which also doubles up as private dining and events space as required.

In 2016, the Fitzwalter Arms opened its doors for the first time in over 400 years to overnight guests. Its three unique guest letting bedrooms on the first floor of the property are well maintained and all boast ensuite bathrooms, tea & coffee making facilities and freeview televisions.

One of the most popular features at the Fitzwalter Arms is its large pretty grassed garden to the rear of the property with a patio area and seating. There is also a barn used for laundry and storage and an additional separate barn, also currently used for storage. There is street side customer car parking available outside of the property.

Moving forward Shepherd Neame is looking for tenants that wish to run a pub & restaurant that is integral to village life whilst also remaining welcoming to tourists and passers-by. For more information please contact us on 01795 542132.


Feature bar servery with relaxed drinking space, lower bar area with seating for approx. 6 covers and separate restaurant dining room for approx. 30 covers. Well equipped trade kitchen


Three large, well maintained ensuite letting bedrooms. 2 doubles and 1 family room


Large grassed garden with a patio area to the back of the property. Barn laundry and storage room and a private barn for additional storage. Street side customer car parking


Private accommodation includes 1 double bedroom, lounge and bathroom

Capital Requirements

Estimated capital requirements

Trading deposit£5000
Contract deposit
refundable on day of charge
Repair scheme
+ monthly payments £50
Stock, glassware, cutlery, crockery, etc
Estimated subject to independent valuation by trade broker and stock taker
Working capital£3000
Training deposit
£750 refundable on completion of training
Total estimated ingoings£24000

Minimal capital considered

Minimum capital considered
Based on: Trading deposit + stock, glassware, cutlery,
crockery, etc, working capital + training deposits + misc
Please note: Where only minimal capital is available inventory will be rentalised.

Rent and charges


Year 1Year 2Year 3
Per anum£TBA£TBA£TBA
Per week£TBA£TBA£TBA

Council tax

Band A

Non Domestic Business Rates





  • Retail relief has been increased to 100 % for the hospitality industry between 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021
  • The above calculations are estimations only and as rateable values are subject to change, we would request that the prospective new tenant checks the rates payable and any other relief with the local authorities prior to completing a financial plan

Trading information


Year ending 30 June

2017 2018 2019 2020 (Jul 19 - Jan 20)
All beer and cider
85 105 102 46
220 305 251 85

Premium packaged spirits (eg WKD)
3.5 1 0 0
Traditional Spirits
6 18 8 6
Ready to drink litres
2147 2494 2412 1130

Estimated food turnover

£1,000 per week approximately

Shepherd Neame has no access to the tenant's food turnover figures. Please note this figure is estimated as accurately as possible at time of publishing.

Licence information

Hours authorised by the premises licence

Supply of alcohol, background music and provision of late night refreshment.

Sunday - Thursday - 10.00 - 23.30
Friday - Saturday - 10.00 - 01.00

Open to the public

Sunday - Thursday - 10.00 - 00.00
Friday - Saturday - 10.00 - 01.30

Live music

Monday - Sunday - 10:00 - 23:30

Agreement Overview

  • This pub is being offered on a fixed term Tenancy outside of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Part II
  • This is a fully tied agreement across all beer, cider, wine, PPS, spirits and minerals
  • Any deviation from the standard terms outlined above should be discussed at interview stage with your designated Business Development Manager
  • Please note that we require all licensees to pass the Pre-Entry Awareness Training Course (PEAT) a minimum of five days before you can attend a formal shortlist interview with us. Please ask us for more information about PEAT if required
  • You can see our code of practice at the top of this page